Lena Waithe Reveals She Secretly Married Her Longtime Bae Alana Mayo
Waithe and Mayo got engaged in Tokyo two years ago.
Actress Lena Waithe discreetly married her longtime partner, Alana Mayo, in San Francisco. The Westworld actress made the revelation to guest host John Legend on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.
"We snuck and did it," the 35-year-old said. "We didn't make any announcements. We went to San Francisco. We went to the courthouse. Got married right in front of Harvey Milk's bust. It was her idea, as all good things are. And she was just driving and she saw the courthouse and she said, ‘We should get married there.' And I said, ‘Cool, I'm down.'"
According to Rolling Out, Waithe and Mayo, 34, were engaged for almost two years before they decided to get married. Speaking to Legend, who was recently named People's "Sexiest Man Alive," the actress said she proposed to Mayo during Thanksgiving in Tokyo. Mayo also works within the film industry as head of production and development with the Outlier Society.
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The screenwriter explained the significance of San Francisco City Hall and the significance of getting married in front of the bust honoring gay rights activist Harvey Milk. She didn't say when exactly the nuptials took place.
"It was a humbling day to marry someone so amazing," the actress said. "But also to really appreciate all the work that so many people have put in for us to be able to do that."
According to E! News, the Chicago-born actress made history in 2017 when she became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for best comedy series writing, getting the honor for her work on the show Master of None with Aziz Ansari.
Speaking to Legend on Friday, the Emmy Award winner said she wants to honor other talented Black women.
"I know so many amazing women of color, particularly Black women, who have written episodes that are worthy of winning an Emmy," Waithe said.
Waithe credited Ansari for helping her succeed.
"He really gave me the floor and was like, ‘Tell your story.' And I had no idea that the episode would take on the life that it's taken," she said.
Waithe also talked about her latest movie, Queen & Slim, the story of a Black couple who become outlaws after getting into a fatal confrontation with an officer.